What is life like for the 15.8 million children who live in food insecure homes? To find out, Witnesses to Hunger, a research and advocacy group, gives digital cameras to mothers of young children who are living on the edge. By documenting their daily struggles and sharing their personal stories, they provide living testimony on the urgent need to end America’s hunger crisis. See the photos below and click on their first names to learn more about each mother.
The kids know my food stamps got cut off because when they came home from school today, they didn’t have their snacks. So they know that I didn’t go to the market. I really didn’t tell them why or anything like that, because I don’t think they understand. But it affected them. — Melissa H., Philadelphia
That’s the deep freezer now. It’s empty. It’s just those two items in that one little box. How is this supposed to feed a family of six? — Bonita C., Boston
That’s my bed. I need pillows. I need sheets. The house looks good on the outside because I know how to fake it till I make it. But it’s not really secure. It just shows that even though I have come a long way, I’ve still got a long way to go. — Angela S., Philadelphia